March 10, 2009
LANTANA, Fla. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team fell to the Pittsburgh Panthers by a 17-5 score on Monday afternoon at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Palm Beach County, Fla.
Saint Joseph's (1-7) got off to a good start in the contest as a pair of singles from Brett Tiagwad and Ryan McDonald led to an RBI single from catcher Drew Smith to put SJU ahead, 1-0, after the top of the first.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, the lead would be short-lived as a one-out solo home run and a two-out RBI triple gave Pittsburgh (3-3) a 2-1 lead after one inning. The Panthers would extend the lead to 3-1 in the second before exploding for nine runs in the third. Every Panther reached base and scored in the frame as Pitt took a 12-1 lead.
With the score 13-1 in the top of the sixth, the Hawks managed to push three more across the plate. McDonald, Smith, and Dewey Oriente led off the frame with three straight singles before freshman Kevin Taylor recorded his first career hit in his first career at bat, driving in two runs with a double. Three batters later, Mike Coleman singled home a run to make the score 13-4.
After the Panthers put together a four-run sixth, SJU tallied its last run of the game in the seventh as Brooks Miller drew a bases-loaded walk to set the final score.
McDonald provided a bright spot for the Hawks, notching three hits in five at bats to extend his hitting streak to seven games. In three games in Florida he has posted a .643 average, going 9-for-14 in the Sunshine State.
The Hawks will head to Coral Gables on Tuesday night for a 6:00 contest against Miami.